Roadside Sighting: 1970 Dodge Coronet Convertible

Well, if the Camaro sighting that Scott M sent in wasn’t sad enough a sight, take a look at what Jimmy T just sent in! This 1970 Dodge Coronet Convertible hasn’t just been left out in the elements, it’s been left out with the top down. Jimmy spotted it in East Texas and decided he better stop and take a look. He too tried to find the owner but didn’t have any luck. He didn’t look to see what engine it has, but it’s most likely a 318 V8. The Coronet Convertible was offered with either the 500 or R/T trim in 1970. Chances are this is a 500 rather than the 440 equipped R/T. Either way, it’s quite sad to see it just out in the open like this.

We normally are against people putting tarps over their cars, as it traps the moisture in, but I think this one might actually be better offer at least having a tarp over it. With the top down like that, it won’t take very long for the floors to rust out, if they haven’t already. Between the brown paint and how far Jimmy was when he took these photos it’s hard to tell if the body is rusty. It definitely has some dents and dings, but it actually doesn’t look too bad. Hopefully, he will be able to go back and talk to the owner. Chances are they won’t let go of it, but you never know! Our thanks to Jimmy for sharing his sighting with us and if you spot a classic along the road, be sure to snap a few photos so we can share your Roadside Sighting!


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  1. Rosko

    At least they rolled up the windows to keep the mice out. :)

    • glen

      Too funny!

  2. Pookie J Pawlicki

    Love that front end.

  3. Classic Steel

    Maybe the rattlers keep mice and unwanted visitors away too!

    It’s very sad to see a car ruin like this convertible.

  4. Gary Fogg

    I smell a Super Bee clone

  5. JamestownMike

    Amazing what people leave out in the weather!

  6. Jim Clark

    Ran when parked….

  7. redwagon

    reminds me of a former athlete who has let themselves deteriorate through lack of exercise and bad eating habits. you can see that they once were in good condition and had potential but you wonder if they will ever get back to a reasonable working out condition.

  8. Dave

    I talked to this guy, said he’s swapping out the dead 383 for a 340

  9. Dave Mc

    Looks like you could just fold it up and put it on the trailer.

  10. Larry Q

    Front end…definitely bat mobile…otherwise a rust bucket that the owner is gonna fix up one day

  11. Johnmloghry Johnmloghry Member

    Money pit for sure. Not a mopar fan, worked on to many of these beasts back in the day. But for a mopar fan with deep pockets there might be potential.

  12. Mark

    I just wonder about people and why they do what they do

  13. Lance

    Josh, The rule with finding converts in the wild is that if it has no top, it has no floor.

  14. John Leyshon Member

    Appreciate the submission Jimmy, nice find ! (sad to see such a great car in rough shape with no future:)

    How ’bout a little humor…?

    Just imagine a couple cans of floor leveling compound troweled in. Use the excess to patch the frame and smooth the fenders out. A 12″ paint roller with your favorite enamel.

    Custom low cost restoration ! I sell classics too!

  15. rocko

    Redneck hillbilly car, 340 ??? A real man would putty her up , patch the floor, ,paint her Hemi Orange, new top, interior , drop in a fresh 440 and flog it for 35 k +.

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